Remaking the World

Remaking the World

Adventures in Engineering

Book - 1997
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Baker & Taylor
Exploring the role of engineers in transforming and shaping the modern world, the author elucidates the principles of engineering as he looks at such achievements as the English Channel tunnel, the Panama Canal, and the Hoover Dam

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A selection of 19 articles (most) first published in American Scientist by the engineer/author notable for his interest in giving engineers a broader sense of their field, and giving the general public an appreciation of the art and science of engineering. Among Petroski's previous works are The Evolution of Useful Things and To Engineer Is Human . Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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Exploring the role of engineers in transforming and shaping the modern world, the author of The Evolution of Useful Things elucidates the principles of engineering as he looks at such achievements as the English Channel tunnel, the Panama Canal, and the Hoover Dam. 15,000 first printing. Tour.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 1997
ISBN: 9780375400414
0375400419
Characteristics: xiii, 239 p. : ill. ; 22 cm

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Derringer
Jul 20, 2019

Informatively written by engineering instructor, Henry Petroski - "Remaking the World" takes an analytical look at several of the most noteworthy architectural achievements (from around the world) that have been completed over the past 100 years.

And though this meticulous scrutiny - Petroski strongly argues that the erection of these complex structures has clearly played a significant role in shaping our environment as it exists in this present-day society.

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ManMachine
May 22, 2019

In "Remaking the World" American engineering professor, Henry Petroski discusses (in fair detail) the role of engineers (over the past century) in regards to shaping our environment.

In this book of non-fiction - Petroski not only focuses in on such feats of engineering marvel as the English Channel tunnel, the Hoover Dam, and the Petronas Towers in Malaysia - But, he also profiles such noted men in the field of architectural/structural engineering as Charles Steinmetz and James Nasmyth.

IMO - Even though this book was certainly well-written - It definitely could've benefited by including more illustrations in order to help reinforce its narrative.

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Dec 08, 2012

Remaking the World --- by Henry Petrowski --- Petroski holds a degree in civil engineering; he is a practicing engineer; he is a prolific writer who has written over fourteen books as well as a PBS documentary presenter.(for mor about who and what he is, check out http://www.cee.duke.edu/faculty/henry-petroski . He is immersed in engineering. And yet, when he writes, as he does in this book, he does not write for the engineering community but for the wider community at large for whom engineering may be somewhat enigmatic. In this book, small though it may be, he examines topics on the subject of engineering: what is the image of the engineer; what does it take to get from the back of the envelope to the completed project; and engineering in the historical concept. He also speaks to some of the large accomplishments of engineering: the Panama Canal; the Ferris Wheel; and the Petronas Towers. Needless to say, Mr. Petrowski interest has a strong historical bent: most of the “great feats” of history in which he is interested and about which he writes are those already finished. Who knows what the future will hold? “Remaking the World” is an interesting book to read; it isn’t full of engineering/mathematical jargon: it is accessible to the lay person. You could do much worse than to spend a couple of hours with this book.

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